Councilmembers: Please Hold Firm against Rio Nuevo Boardby Golda Velez on Oct. 03, 2011, under Community, Politics & Government, public safety
Dear Tucson City Council
The Rio Nuevo board appears to be trying to execute a ‘land grab’ to take ownership of property that should belong to the city of Tucson. As a Tucson taxpayer and voter, I want you – my elected representatives – to control this property, NOT an unaccountable, governor-appointed board that I cannot contact and do not trust.
I know that if there is a problem – and yes, there have been some – I can go to my city council representative and talk about it. I know that as elected officials who have to face the voters regularly, you will be responsive to our concerns.
I also know that the Rio Nuevo board is extremely difficult to contact, that they have lawyers answer their messages (at what cost per voice mail?) and that they were appointed by the governor, thus several layers removed from any accountability to me as a voter. Unlike the city council, the Rio Nuevo board meetings do not have audio or text transcripts online and even the minutes are only updated thru last March.
Please stand up to them and do not give them our land. I hope there is something we can do to get their hands out of our tax money and off our property. Mistakes were made with Rio Nuevo management, but I would rather have you guys fix it than have them steal us blind.
Suing the city is just taking our tax money that should be paying for police and pools, and putting it into the pockets of their lawyers. Let me know if there are steps we voters can take to make this stop.
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See also editorial at Grinnell wants to be mayor – but his board is suing the city and Jonathan Rothschild’s statement on the lawsuit